Letters: Giving Alex Rodriguez the needle

The only people more hypocritical or dishonest than Alex Rodriguez are sportswriters, sports talk radio people, Bud Selig and anyone in Major League Baseball. They all keep saying they wish A-Rod would go just away, yet the writers dedicate a full column or page to writing about him, the talk-show hosts talk about him for an hour or more, and Selig and Major League Baseball ignore performance-enhancing drug users and even celebrated them when they resurrected baseball in the late 1990s.

Willis Barton

Los Angeles


Don't be fooled by the suspensions of 12 players Monday. Why? Because MLB never actually caught these guys. With all the talk of drug testing, none of these guys tested positive. What that means is there are many, many more who are playing today that are still using because tests haven't been developed yet. MLB players have proven they can juice and go undetected. That should be the scary thing to MLB, owners and fans.

Geno Apicella



Seems to me that a specific phrase could be written into all sports' contracts, not just baseball's, that a drug violation shall void the contract. It could be written so that a team would retain rights to the player for the length of the contract that was voided so as to not lose the rights to the player. Perhaps, even, a player would have to come back and play under a provisional contract that would pay based on how well he performs after being drug-free for a year or two.

John Snyder

Newbury Park

Blue streakers

Don Mattingly's candid admission that his job was in jeopardy, following Magic Johnson's "It was never discussed," underscores the role Donnie's integrity played in the Dodgers' recent turnaround.

John Chang



Here is an amazing statistic about the Dodgers' amazing streak. During the first 72 games of the season, the Dodgers' record was 30-42. They won more games than that in their next 38 games, going 31-7.

Denis Robinson